IdeasTap ‘Meet….Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson’
I was invited by IdeasTap to write and appear on their ‘Meet’… feature of emergent Artists. This was a fantastic opportunity for me to introduce myself to more people on this creative platform.
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Meet… Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson
By Becky Brewis27/03/14
This week, we say hello to spoken word artist Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, co-founder of Hit The Ground theatre company, who have just finished a Lyric Hammersmith Emerging Artist Residency. She tells us about the organisations that have helped her get ahead…
A TREE @ FREE WORD CENTRE
I was invited by Free Word Centre to write a blog piece detailing some of my experiences in writing my play, ‘A Tree’. This was published online in the run up to a a very special performance of ‘A Tree’ which I directed as part of my theatre company Hit The Ground. I worked with 5 wonderful actors to bring all 4 parts of my poetic, physical performance text to life for an invited audience.
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A Tree comes to life
By Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson on 10/10/13
As she prepares for a rehearsed reading of her play ‘A Tree’ at Free Word Centre next week, creator Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson explains how the piece developed, through perseverance, support and hard work.
A Tree began just over a year ago. I remember it clearly, sat with a blue biro pen in hand thinking ‘what am I doing?’ inside a small white storage van parked in an East London underpass. I was having a lonely hour in my pre-set position for a live art piece I found myself in.
In 2012 I went on my first Arvon Foundation Writer’s Retreat. Taking part in the ‘Starting To Write’ course lead the wonderful Yemisi Blake and Julia Bell. Two people of whom helped inspire me to take further steps in my writing and general understanding of myself as a poet. This was a genuinely fantastic opportunity, which was made possible by being awarded an Arvon Bursary, which contributed significantly towards the costs of the course. In support of the bursary scheme, I wrote a testimony about it which you read here:
Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson attended a Starting to Write course at Lumb Bank in April 2012. She tells us about the week and how a grant helped her.
The course came at the perfect time in my life, and offered a truly unique experience. It is amazing that I had one to one tutorials with established writers of different disciplines, as well as group workshops in such a nurturing environment. The West Yorkshire countryside helped to create the environment of a real retreat, no distractions meaning no excuses, so I could really immerse myself in the experience.
As for the grant, I am on a very low income and at age 22 with no real savings I really could not have attended without it. The application for the grant itself was really straightforward. Communication between me and Becky, who dealt with my grant application, was really good. This in itself is a merit and enabled me to concentrate on the course with no worries.
On the course, I responded well to the process. Writing is an extremely personal thing where your life experiences and the emotions inevitably come to the surface. What I loved is that these personal responses, thus your creative voice weren’t shied away from the tutors. It is celebrated. I felt like I was in a safe environment to share these experiences that shine through and make me the writer I am today.
I was asked by the lovely Orwi Imanuel Ameh to write an article from my perspective as a black woman with natural hair. This was a great writing experience, putting my voice out there to continue the necessary conversations surrounding black womanhood that challenges euro-centric views of ‘female beauty’. Oh yeah, I also modelled for the magazine …!!!
“To get to this point of being comfortable with my hair, I had to let go of any doubts I had about my looks. To accept myself for who I am, where I came from, and where I am going.”
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